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Daniel Nordmeyer Architectural Works University of Kansas University of Illinois at Chicago

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A collection of undergraduate and graduate school work with an emphasis on Studio 804, a design / build studio at the University of Kansas.

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Daniel NordmeyerArchitectural Works

University of KansasUniversity of Illinois at Chicago

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NOLAMarigny District

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The Bywater / Marigny districts in New Orleans are comprised of a variety of building typologies that give the area distinct and colorful qualities. The immediate proximity to the Missis-sippi River becomes advantageous in establishing a new neighborhood visual connection to the river itself, which serves as the backbone to New Orleans. The view lines start to become the driving force for allocating programs while the residential shot-gun houses dictate volumetric scaling. A systematic layering of programs will start to create spaces that will replicate the urban block condition occurring throughout the surrounding residen-tial blocks while also providing out-door courtyard areas. By using both contextual scaling and visual layering devices, this project integrates both public and private realms into a struc-ture that expressively celebrates the creation and sharing of film culture.

New Orleans Film Institute

Mission Statement & Analysis

Surrounding Green Space

Coffee Shops & Eateries

Schools & Museums

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This diagram illustrates the thought process behind the programming and

space allocation within the site. Larger spaces tended to gravitate towards

the western edge of the site while the smaller, slender spaces occupy the

central and eastern site conditions. By focusing program elements mainly in

the north-south direction, the commu-nity is re-connected to the Mississippi

River which is a significant entity to this particular neighborhood.

Concept Diagram & Plans

Conceptual Diagrams and Sketches

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Floor Plans

LobbyGreenscreenScreening Rooms Exterior TerracesClassrooms







First Floor Plan Second Floor Plan

TheaterProduction YardEditing RoomsExterior TheaterOffices / Administration

Blackbox / SoundstagePrep RoomsCafeLounges








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Third Floor Plan

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The programming was focused on keeping public spaces near the southwest corner while the private spaces were located to-wards the quieter, more central-

ized portion of the site. Interior spaces are organized in order to provide continuity of spaces. The louder, big box production spaces sit near the northwest

border of the site, relating to the warehouse that is located directly across the street.

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10 Section & Elevation

The building elevation is comprised mainly of precast concrete panels that also serve as the anchor points for the open web steel joists which form the main structural components of the building. The large, massive facade mirrors that of the industrial ware-house across the street; while at the intersection, the entry to the building presents a “porch”, consistent with the New Orleans typology.

In section, the building begins to respond to the need to separate the public and private realms. The major-ity of the public places, the lobby, cafe, and theater all reside on the first or second floors to accommodate pedes-trians from street level. The classrooms and offices were put on the third floor to prevent any unwanted interaction or interruption.

West Elevation Scale: 1/8” = 1’-0”

West Elevation

North / South SectionNorth - South Section Scale: 1/8” = 1’-0”

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West Elevation Scale: 1/8” = 1’-0”

North - South Section Scale: 1/8” = 1’-0”

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12 Systems Diagrams & Perspectives




Systems Overlay

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The main elements of the building are concrete and steel. Precast concrete

panels will serve as the main outer wall support. These walls will be spanned

with open-web steel joists that will be intentionally oversized in order to

allow duct work, electrical wiring, and data cables to run freely throughout. Egress stairs are located towards the rear of the building, serving both as

fire stairs and access to lighting various movie sets in the green screen and


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LAGOSCentral Business District

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Masterplan & Hybrid BuildingHaving the world’s sixth largest popu-lation as well as 83% of Nigeria’s total population, Lagos is a city that has been overrun with people. Because of this, the city has seen a massive influx of automobiles. Problems have begun to arise as city government cannot keep up with the massive amount of repair and construction projects. Roads have had traffic jams that can last weeks while the canal system has been flooded with garbage. This masterplan introduces a new public transportation system that will help facilitate traffic, create a new water management system, decrease the reliance on the automobile, as well as create discernible spaces used purely for the exchange of goods.

The project proposes installing a new train-line above the highway system. This new line will also house the city’s new piping system. By raising it off the ground, it prevents garbage clogging its taps while also making it easier for repairs. Newly dug canals will cross the mainland. By having a mouth at both ends, water can constantly be moving at each end to wash out any potential waste.

Masterplan City Scale

Existing Infrastructure

Proposed Infrastructure

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By introducing new infrastructure, Lagosians will have other means to travel to there desired destinations.

The intersections of these systems also become unique. They start to accom-modate individuals who may need to transfer lines or start to serve as areas

of high volume retail. Some of the main areas of trade in Lagos happen

while a traffic jam is occurring.

Masterplan with highlighted intersections

Existing Infrastructure Proposed Tram Infrastructure Proposed Tram & Canal Infrastructure

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These images depict new infrastruc-ture with the new canals and tram system. The new tram line would also provided a shaded area where city residents could escape the daily, intense heat of the African city.

The diagrams below illustrate the cir-culation patterns that occur through-out the day at one of the main inter-sections. Ranging from 6am, 12pm, 6pm, and 12am, these times highlight the magnitude of the use of automo-biles (black) vs. the normal pedestrian circulation (red). By using this space as a transportation stop with parking below, the parking spaces provide in-dividuals market stalls while still allow-ing free flowing pedestrian movement through the new infrastructure grid.

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The tram line clearly defines the site as a main point of interaction with the city. The tram station platforms were created to provide shade for Lagosians to escape the intense African heat. The area underneath is also meant to facilitate trading between community members. The open space provides an area in which residents can come park their car and buy, sell, or trade goods year round.

Beneath the ramps, cisterns will store the rainwater collected from the roof structure. The roof was specifically designed to cover a majority of the site in an effort to collect as much fresh water as possible.

Floor Plans

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In order to provide Lagos with clean freshwater, a plexi-glass and mesh

system will be used to collect rainwa-ter that falls on top of the structure.

The water will then be guided towards “funnels”. It will then be pumped

into cisterns located underneath the tram lines where it will be treated

and cleaned. After being treated, the water is then pumped into the newly

installed piping system that runs through the tram lines.

The main structure of the system will be constructed of glued laminated

heavy timbers, notched in a tongue and groove fashion, with through bolts

for additional strength.

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This view from the main street,runs parallel to the site allowing for in-teraction between pedestrians and automobiles supporting spontaneous markets.

View of the main ramp that leads up towards the tram stop. Market activ-ity will always continue below while access to the line will be securely monitored.

Perspectives & Renderings

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This is a view from above the tram stop, where the raised platform pro-

vides a seamless transition for pedes-trian travelers to go from stop to stop

as well as create a new spaces to house the water system.

This view from the middle ramp shows how the tram platform keeps the

market in shade throughout the day as well as the main structural elements

that collect the rainwater.

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CHICAGOWicker & Humboldt Park

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California Ave. Bicycle Stop & MasterplanPreviously an old railroad used al-most exclusively for Schwinn Bicycle production and transporting. The Bloomingdale Line now sits defunct and overgrown on Chicago’s near northwest side. This masterplan proposes to use the old rail line as a new express cycling trail that connects many of the eastern Chicago trails with the western. The line will have intermediate stops at various intersec-tions, allowing cyclists opportunities to pump up their tires or grab some water. Pedestrians will also have ac-cess to the line. Even though it will be limited, pedestrian gardens will run throughout the 2.6 mile long train line. In an attempt to revitalize the trail, native plants will be used to remediate the toxic waste that has been accumu-lating there from old railroad ties. By providing a link between eastern and western trails, the Bloomingdale Line opens up a plethora of opportunities for cyclists who did not previously have access to the lake front or down-town Chicago.

Project Statement & Diagram



Stop 1: Main east ac-cess point. Connects Bloomingdale Line with cycling paths heading downtown.

Stop 2: Small bicycle service station. Overlook to existing park provides seating for the baseball field.

Stop 3: Large program-matic allocation. High volumes of retail occur-ring at street level. Access to street routes provides direct link to downtown.

New Bicycle Paths:

East Bicycle Paths:West Bicycle Paths:




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Context images from the overgrown, defunct train line. Native North Ameri-

can plants will be used in an attempt to remediate the soil while the old rail lines will serve as a template in which

to construct the cycling lanes.

Masterplan Scheme & Photos



Stop 6: Major station occurs here. The proximity to nearby public transporta-tion creates a major transfer intersec-

tions in which cyclists can access other major parts of the city.

Stop 4: Small bicycle service station. Not intended for long stops as it is located in a mainly residential area.

Stop 7: The western most access point. Allows riders access to the surround-

ing residential areas. The second major access point on the line.

Stop 5: (Developed Project) Serves as the main bicycle station. Provides a cafe, locker rooms, and bike storage for cyclists. Access to the street creates a connection to the elementary school that sits adjacent to the site.




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This specific site sits at the intersec-tion of the Bloomingdale Line and California Avenue. Mostly a residen-tial neighborhood, this site needs to consider how the site would be used in conjunction with cycling. With an elementary school adjacent to the site, the building program takes advantage of housing an after school program in which children would learn how to recycle and construct new bikes. This public space can house a variety of activities, such as roller hockey in the summer or ice skating in the winter, creating a rare open space within the neighborhood. A cafe and bike storage area programmed to provide spaces on the upper portion of the track is where cyclists can recharge with a snack or purchase accessories for their bikes.

Site, Floor Plans & Renderings

Ground Floor Plan

Upper Floor Plan

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NOLAIndustrial Canal

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Tower Complexes &MasterplanAfter being ravaged by Hurricane Ka-trina, the City of New Orleans provided a rare opportunity for urban planners and architects to explore new and innovative methods for urban design. As the city is predominately below sea level and flooding is the central prob-lem, the projects proposals were wildly inventive. This specific project pro-poses removing the levee walls that have for so long served as protection, recycle the concrete, let the water level return to it’s natural state, and begin to construct a “new city” above the water level,while always being mindful of the rich culture and colorfulness that has defined New Orleans.

Project Statement & Diagram

Site Plan

New Orleans, Levee System Removed, water level returns to sea level

New Orleans, Levee System in tact

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In an attempt to create a unique“ home” identity, each tower would have

a different design. This would allow residents to associate themselves with

an individual tower.

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The Lower Ninth Ward is one of the poorest neighborhoods in New Orleans. Sadly, during the hurricane it also received some of the most dam-age. The project aims to relocate the people living within a nine block area and put them into a single tower. Not only does this consolidate land, but it also starts to eliminate the need for automobiles, promoting walking and cycling.

In order to preserve outdoor space, the upper level of all the infrastruc-ture elements will be used for public parks. Residents will be able to walk from tower to tower through newly landscaped areas. These outdoor spaces will also be utilized for “urban farming” in which people will be able to grow and harvest food for their own consumption.

Diagrams, Concepts & Images

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Due to the strong winds that are prev-alent in the city, units of this specific

building will be removed to allow for the wind to pass through more freely.

This will not only help with the wind loads on the design, but also create outdoor terraces and patios for resi-

dents. The atrium space in the middle also allows for air to move through

each individual unit and up through the stack, creating natural ventilation.

Wind Circulation Diagram

Typical Facade Detail

Modular Removal Strategy

Facade Perforations

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804STUDIOGalileo’s Pavilion

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Studio 804Background

Studio 804, Inc., is an independent not-for-profit 501 (c)3 corporation, yet affiliated with the University of Kansas. Participants are graduate students of the School of Architecture, Design and Planning under the instruction of JL Constant Distinguished Professor Dan Rockhill.

Studio 804 projects adhere to standard of the highest quality, both in design and fabrication, and address important issues of environmental sustainability, energy efficiency and accessibility. The structures are innovative architectural designs that address important issues pertinent to the professional field.

For the last sixteen years, Studio 804 has pioneered new technologies and advanced construction techniques in the area of sustainable design and innovative methods of construction. As a not-for-profit organization, we are committed to promoting high quality architecture and serving the needs of the state, Lawrence, and the Kansas City Metropolitan Area.


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Since its inception, Studio 804 has become more ambitious in its pursuits

and sophisticated in its methods. Through the efforts of our students we have been successful in gaining

support from industry leaders who see us as an opportunity to showcase their

new and often innovative products. All aspects of the building process are

carried out by the students over the course of a single semester.

Students are involved in everything from initial design to the finished con-struction and documentation. Studio

804’s pursuit of attention to detail, building innovation and energy ef-

ficiency has led to a significant amount of national and international exposure

and interest in the form of numerous awards and publications. With four

LEED Platinum projects completed to date (a feat few, if any, professional

firms can boast about), we are proud to be leaders in sustainability among

professionals in the region and intend to continue in that effort for the im-

mediate future.

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Galileo’s Pavilion

The goal of the Galileo Pavilion is to create an environment which is a node of activity and interaction on the campus. Located to the southwest of the Science Building, the structure in-corporates and enhances the existing Galileo Sculpture, and amplifies the artist’s, Dale Eldred, concept of work-ing with the sun. The design of the site plays a pivotal role in the pedestrian traffic patters on the south end of campus. The building is arranged on the site and around a courtyard, blend-ing indoor and outdoor with a visual connection between spaces. The interior spaces function as classrooms, meeting rooms, a student lounge, and exhibition / display area.

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The site itself has undergone many changes. First, the introduction of

Dale Eldred’s sculpture began to bring attention in the form of artistic expression. The addition of the park-ing garage and the Science Building

altered the spatial qualities within the nearest vicinity.

Incorporation of the sculpture became paramount as the design for Galileo’s

Pavilion developed. With the sun serving as the main inspiration for the

sculpture, the design focused on using the sun as the main concept.

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With the goal of LEED Platinum, pas-sive and active heating and cooling systems really began to shape the lay-out of the building. By utilizing broad southern exposure, the building is able to achieve nearly its entire heating and cooling load passively. Accompanied by a PV array and a wind turbine, a high efficiency mechanical system provides a backup should natural solar and wind not suffice. A courtyard also serves as an anchoring place for the sculpture that had previously defined the site.



Passive Solar DesignPhotovoltaic Solar PanelsLiving RoofWind TurbineCross VentilationEarth TubesThermal Mass

High Performance GlazingEvaporative CoolingSuper InsulationEnergy Recovery VentilatorsRainwater Harvesting and RetentionDraugh Tolerant Landscaping

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Classroom 1Classroom 2LoungeKitchenRestroomsConference RoomTracked CurtainLiving Green WallSkylights Above

Relocated SundailsExisting Galileo ColumnsReflecting PoolGranite River Rock PatioGalileo Sun Projection Plane

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Using recycled glass from a local build-ing as a glazing system, a custom fab-ricated steel louver system will shade interior spaces during the summer while allowing winter sun to penetrate to heat the spaces naturally. Recycled slate chalkboards will accent the glass as a secondary cladding system.

The building sits on the site in a way which encourages gathering in the courtyard and around the reflecting pool, and allows education and social-izing to continue outside the walls of the building.

The classroom spaces create a unique and inspiring place for students to learn. By using sustainability as a model, it will better help students to understand the impact of every aspect of their lives on the environment around them.

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The open, accessible design of the building encourages students to pass through on their way to grab a snack

or fill up their water bottle while at the same time providing a space for

students to gather, interact, and study between classes.

The Galileo Pavilion contains class-room spaces which are available for use by any department on campus.

The setting of the space encourages the spread of sustainable learning

across multiple disciplines

Through the generous support of industry professionals, Studio 804

is able to deliver a high quality building for a fraction of its real

world cost. As a not-for-profit organization, labor costs are

donated, allowing a larger por-tion of the budget to be allocated towards innovative materials and


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Construction began in early January as removal of an 80 ton concrete footing from the existing sculpture on site. Excavation and building layout soon followed. Preparation for concrete work also began.

Wall assembly consisted of framing 11 1/2” thick TJI’s that would stand 12 feet tall. These super insulated walls were meant to assist our goal in achieving PassiveHaus standards. Construction on the steel curtain wall also started to take place.

Once the concrete footing were poured, formwork for the foundation walls were erected with concrete be-ing poured the following day. Imme-diately afterward, foundation drains and moisture barriers were installed around the walls.

The roof framing consisted of 16” deep TJI’s and LVL’s to provide adequate sup-port for the skylights, photovoltaics, and 240 green roof blocks. Over 400 bags of cellulose insulation was used to provide maximum thermal comfort within the building.

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Wood TJI floor joists were installed to start to enclose the crawlspace.

Installation of additional LVL supports was also needed based off structural

loading calculations.

The organization of the roof was a highly intricate. Tapered insulation guided

all rainwater around photovoltaics and green roof blocks to our roof drains which

sent the water to a 1700 gallon cistern. The rainwater will be used to feed our liv-

ing walls as well as our water closets.

A concrete floor was poured that would begins to connect all the build-

ings spaces. Mixed using some marble aggregate, the floors would later be polished to help create a unique dy-

namic in all the spaces.

A highly advanced VRV system will be used for the heating and cooling of

the building. Coupled with six energy recovery ventilators, the HVAC system is highly efficient and even allows for simultaneous heating and cooling of

the spaces.

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As recycling and reusing materials is a practice that we highly advocate, we decided to clad the building in slate chalkboards that had been reclaimed from schools throughout the Midwest. In total, over 3400 square feet of chalk-board was reused.

The exterior mounting systems involved many different forms of flash-ing weaved in between steel studs and hat channel. The slate coursings were carefully planned our in order to hit certain “milestones” along the build-ings facade.

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While the south side was meant to highlight the existing sculpture, the

north side was meant to speak to the tactile quality of the slate cladding


12 foot tall glass window panes were reclaimed from a building in the

Kansas City area to create the massive southern curtain wall. The size of the

glass helps us achieve passive heat-ing strategies during the cold winter


Installation of the drywall became very complicated; as many measure-

ments and cuts had to be made to work around the complicated lighting

system as well as the many different learning tools, i.e. projector, speakers,

and viewing screen.

Galileo Pavilion features over sixty feet of living wall with over 5000 ferns. The

wall will be watered with rainwater from the cistern. The wall not only

brings an amazing aesthetic quality to each space, but also keeps the air

smelling fresh.

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Reinstallation of the Dale Eldred sculpture as well as the addition of sod started to bring building construc-tin to a conclusion. Glass louvers to medate the sun during the summer months were also installed. Work continued on the interior with finishes and the installa-tion of the glass vestibule doors.

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An aluminum bracketing systems was used to hold the over 600 glass louvers

in place. Each bracket had to be custom drilled at the precise measurements as to ensure maximum efficiency when block-

ing out the sun during the summer.

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With the recycled slate chalkboard facade complete, washing and sealing began to take place in order to ensure the longevity of the often brittle stone. The arival of fur-niture in the classrooms began to program the space while the focus on construction moved mainly from the exterior to the interior.

To make the spaces more dynamic, a cus-tom steel lighting fixture was installed in the lounge as well as both vestibules. This fixture used over 3,000 highly efficient fiber optic lights to create an interesting feature in these spaces.

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